Skip to main content

The Unknown War Criminal


Published May 12, 2005
Topics Anti-War


A new recording of a previously uploaded song composed and performed by Gerry Dempsey. The other recording can be found here.

Lyrics and Guitar Chords

(Note: the chords positions are displaced in places by the conversion to a web-page).

The Unknown War Criminal

Capo 5

Am
He likes the tales and legends,
G
The mighty deeds of yore
F
How he strode across the century
Am
And wrote his own folklore.

Am
They praised his deeds in sagas,
G
Adventures told in song,
F
Proud, heroic stanzas
Am
Of the Terrible and the Strong.


[Break] Dm Am G Em Am


Am
We used the Russians for roulette,
G
The dogs we had to train,
F
We needed target practise
Am
But peasants feel no pain.

Dm
The mothers of the Disappeared,
Am
Their voices now subliminal,
G Em
Standing by the graveside
Am
Of the unknown war criminal.

[Break] Dm Am G Em Am

Am
Behind the Iron Curtain,
G
Behind the barbed-wire fence,
F
What untold deeds of chivalry
Am
Might spring to his defence?

Am
Those girls were asking for it.
G
They were just the spoils of war.
F
The daughter of the enemy
Am
Is no better than a whore.

Am
And that old crippled lady
G
Some people thought it twisted
F
She didnt need her valuables
Am C
She shouldnt have resisted.
G Em
She couldnt take it with her.
G Em
She didnt own the lease
Dm
On all her prize possessions.
Am
It was a merciful release.

Dm
The names, the dates, the places,
Am
Forgotten and invisible
G Em
Record a fitting monument
Am
To the unknown war criminal.

[Break] Dm Am G Em Am

Am
And after the atrocities
G
We made a decent home.
F
The houses were all vacant.
Am
The owners were unknown.

Am
The universal soldier,
G
The unsung common man,
F
How many stabbed a neighbours back
Am
And took away his land?

Am
In the fog of war his mighty deeds
G
Were difficult to determine;
F
Who was friend and who was foe,
Am
Who was Russian, who was German.

Dm
The names, the dates, the places,
Am
Forgotten and invisible
G Em
Record a fitting monument
Am
To the unknown war criminal.

[Break] Dm Am G Em Am

Am
We were just obeying orders.
G
We couldnt disobey.
F
I didnt know no better.
Am
It wasnt me, anyway!

Am
And now the unknown soldier
G
Prefers to remain unknown,
F
To read heroic poetry
Am
And never to atone.

Dm
The names, the dates, the places,
Am
Forgotten and invisible
G Em
Record a fitting monument
Am
To the unknown war criminal.

Check out my blog of Janacek arrangements and YouTube channel


Source Born digital
Run time 3 min

Notes

Contact: g52dempsey{at]yahoo.co.uk
tomjoad2005[at}yahoo.com

Reviews

There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write a review.
PEOPLE ALSO FOUND
Community Audio
by Tom Joad
844
0
0
Source: Born digital
Community Audio
by Gerry Dempsey
1,257
0
1
( 1 reviews )
Source: Born digital
Community Audio
by Gerry Dempsey
23
0
0
Community Audio
by Tom Joad
1,932
0
0
Community Audio
by Gerry Dempsey
333
0
0
Source: Born digital
Community Audio
by Gerry Dempsey
722
0
2
( 2 reviews )
Source: Born digital
Community Audio
by Gerry Dempsey
173
0
0
Source: Born digital
Community Audio
by Tom Joad
777
0
0
Source: Born digital
Community Audio
by Gerry Dempsey
350
0
1
( 1 reviews )
Source: Born digital
Community Audio
by Gerry Dempsey
387
0
0
Source: Born digital